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Article ID: 134861 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1

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The Marlett.ttf file is a TrueType font file installed in the Fonts folder. The file's Hidden attribute is set and the file is not visible in Windows Explorer.


The Marlett TrueType font is used for displaying scroll bar arrows, Maximize and Minimize buttons, option buttons, check boxes, and other controls in Windows 95. The font is explicitly loaded by the GDI at startup. Windows 95 performance is enhanced by using a TrueType font instead of bitmaps for controls.

The Marlett.ttf file is located in the Fonts folder with other TrueType fonts. The file is hidden, but the font is visible in programs' Font menus.

If the Marlett.ttf file is damaged or missing, numbers or garbled characters appear in place of controls.

If you need to replace the Marlett.ttf file, extract it to the Windows\Fonts folder. Set the file's Hidden and System attributes.

The Marlett.ttf file is located in the cabinet file on disk 6 if you are using Windows 95 disks, or in the cabinet file if you are using the Windows 95 CD-ROM. After you extract the file to the Windows\Fonts folder, set its attributes by typing the following line at a command prompt:
attrib +s +h c:\windows\fonts\marlett.ttf
For information about using the Extract tool, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129605  ( ) How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files
If after replacing the Marlett.ttf file numbers or garbled characters still appear in place of controls, try deleting the Ttfcache file in the Windows folder. This file is rebuilt automatically when you restart the computer. Problems with the Marlett.ttf file can also be caused by exceeding, or approaching, the approximate limitation of 1000 fonts.

If this does not work, verify that the Hidden attribute is set for the Marlett.ttf font file. To do so, follow these steps.
  1. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, right-click the Marlett.ttf file in the Windows\Fonts folder, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Hidden check box to select it, and then click OK.
For additional information about the font limits in Windows 95, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
131943  ( ) TrueType Font Limits in Windows 95

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